|Tuesday, 24 November, 2015, 08 : 00 AM [IST]|
|Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi|
|With Patanjali reiterating its stand on the licensing procedure for noodles, FSSAI has issued a notice asking it to explain the sale of its product without approval. The company, however, denied having received any notice from the apex food regulator as yet.
Ever since the launch of Patanjali Atta Noodles, FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) took note of the development and asked its enforcement department to look into the matter for violation of any norms. FSSAI raised the issue of Product Approval, while questioning the launch.
Interestingly, though the Supreme Court had earlier set aside the Product Approval advisory and currently there was no process in place, yet FSSAI was asking for Product Approval. However, officials privy with the development felt that Patanjali should have waited till a statutory procedure was put in place.
Meanwhile, Ravindra K Chaudhary, vice-president, operations and project, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, clarified, “We have shown all the documents to the local Food Safety Officer and it has been noted that Patanjali has all the certificates for sale-manufacturing of noodles. FSSAI has categorised the licence and noodles come under same category of pasta and noodles. Whatever notice is issued, we will reply.”